News You Can Use - 11/14/2005

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/14/2005 - 11/20/2005

As part of a thank you to veterans, Creekland Middle is running a campaign to register WWII veterans in the WWII Memorial Registry. Two members of the “Tuskegee Airmen” visited the school last week. on Nov. 11, nearly 80 students and teachers will march in the Georgia Veterans Day Parade carrying the names of relatives who served in WWII. There will be a ceremony at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. that is open to the public. For more information, call Russell Gray at 404-906-2681.

The Gwinnett County Teen Driving Expo will take place at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The event is open to all and free of charge. For more information, call 770-823-7823 or visit

Bethesda Elementary will celebrate a rededication of the school as it marks 100 years on Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Special guests attending include Ralph Thompson, 90 years old and Bethesda's oldest living student; Agnes Wells, 89 years old and Bethesda's oldest living teacher; and J.W. Benefield, Bethesda's second oldest living teacher. Former Bethesda students, staff and community members are invited to attend the Bethesda School Rededication to celebrate 100 years of serving children in our community. Old photographs and school items to include in a historical museum will be part of the event, entitled “A Walk Down Cardinal Lane.” Please contact Martha Tyndall at Bethesda Elementary 770-921-2000 for more information.

Lilburn Elementary Music Specialist Kristen Gwaltney performed at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 27 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) has selected four GCPS students to present a segment of “Great American Moments.” The students are Ashley Stephenson of Shiloh High, James Taylor of Mill Creek High, William Tuider of Dacula Middle, and Jacky Yuan of Lilburn Middle. Each of the schools will receive a check for $250 from TBS Public Affairs. For more information, call the local schools.

The Gwinnett County winner of the Clean Water Campaign 2005 essay contest is Harrison Falk of Duluth Middle. This year’s theme was “Water— Use it Wisely.” For more information, call Kelley O’Brien, Stormwater Education Coordinator, at 404-463-3259.

Grayson Elementary’s Parent Academy will be held on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. This session will highlight math strategies. The Parent Academy is a series of classes designed to help parents develop instructional strategies to support learning at home. For more information, call Lora Thompson at 770-736-7634.

Simpson Elementary will have a visit from children's book author Helen Lester on Nov. 15. For assembly times and more information, call Dr. Nancy Kiel at 770-417-2400.

J.P. McConnell Middle will sponsor a parent resource seminar, entitled “Being a Savvy Internet Parent,” on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the staff development room in the front office. The program will include tips and information for parents on students and the Internet. For more information, call 770-554-1000.

Sycamore Elementary will have a visit from North Carolina author Paul M. Howey on Nov. 16. Mr. Howey will talk with students about being an author, the writing and editing process, and publishing books. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

Lawrenceville Elementary will celebrate National Parent Involvement Day on Nov. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents are invited to spend time volunteering in classrooms and participate in an activity exploring different ways to volunteer. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Lawrenceville Elementary’s Parent Center will host a Technology and Mathematics night on Nov. 18 from 10 to 11 am. Parents will meet in the Castle Computer Lab and explore math-based instructional Web sites geared to support children using technology. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

The Cedar Hill Elementary health and PE teachers and PTA will host a Family Fun Health and Fitness Day on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Centers will be set up to learn about health, nutrition, and fun and inexpensive ways of incorporating physical activities into daily life. Each center will include instructions in English and Spanish. Take-home materials, such as sidewalk chalk and jump ropes, will be available. Cedar Hill recently received a Georgia PTA Grant that will be used to fund this event. Also, on Nov. 18, a committee made up of staff and parents will complete a School Health Index. This self-assessment tool will guide staff in supporting wellness at the school. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

The Peachtree Ridge High band was selected from among 70 bands to participate in the 7th Annual 2006 Waikiki Holiday Parade on Nov. 24 in Hawaii. Students will perform at the USS Battleship Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial. For more information, call Eric Willoughby, band director, at 678-957-3100.

“Highlighting Excellence: Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year” GCPS TV proudly presents a special broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) awards ceremony. Join the 105 local school recipients, administrators, and Board members for an evening of recognition and celebration. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, a “Glimpse of Excellence” video honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the 2006 level winners and the Gwinnett TOTY. This 2-hr. program airs Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 25-27 at 8 p.m.

“Special Education: Ensuring Excellence for All Students¯ Education News Parents Can Use.” U.S. Department of Education. The November broadcast of “Education News Parents Can Use” will showcase successful inclusion programs in schools, and will profile research-based intervention initiatives that identify academic and behavioral problems in young children. This 60-min. program airs live on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Myron Uhlberg” His picture books are a nostalgic testament to everything he loves: family, Brooklyn, and baseball. The son of deaf parents, Mr. Uhlberg was taught a passion for reading, writing, and communication through the written word, the spoken word, and American Sign Language. This 30-min. program airs Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

“Teaching Reading K-2” Annenberg/CPB. This video workshop addresses critical topics in teaching reading for K-2 teachers. Using the video programs, Web site, and print guide, K-2 teachers and reading specialists will gain confidence to adopt new strategies and refine their current practices to meet the needs of all their students. This 8-part workshop (60-min. programs) airs Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 21-24 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air Nov. 7 through Jan. 3 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Nov. is American Indian Heritage Month.

Nov. 13-19 is American Education Week.

National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week begin Nov. 14.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 15.

Nov. 16 is Educational Support Professionals Day.

Nov. 17 is National Parental involvement Day.

National Family Week begins Nov. 20.

Nov. 23-25 is Thanksgiving break for schools.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during November. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.